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Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) are turning 40. But instead of celebrating, they're mired in a mid-life crisis with unruly kids, debt and unhappiness mounding. Pete's record label is failing and Debbie is unable to come to terms with her aging body. As Pete's 40th birthday party arrives, Pete and Debbie are going to have to rely on family, friends, employees, fitness trainers, aging rockers and ultimately each other to come to terms with life at age 40. Written by
This features the first live performance by Graham Parker and The Rumour in 30 years. A lot of the band brought their children for the performance as they had never seen their fathers on stage. See more »
Pete's dad (Albert Brooks) mentions his mom wanted to get an abortion - because "it was the 70's". Pete becoming 40 would indicate he would have been born in 1972. Roe V. Wade was not passed until January 1973. See more »
[Referring to Graham Parker video they are viewing]
What are you doing?
I'm contextualizing him as one of the great figures in rock history.
You can't show him in his prime in '77 and then jump straight to him as he is now. It's terrifying. You have to reverse it. You have got to show him as he is now, very briefly, and then show him in 1977. You have got to Benjamin Button it.
I don't know what you're talking about. All rock stars are older now. Steven Tyler, David Bowie, Mick Jagger...
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After the main credits roll, there's an extended alternate take of Catherine ad-libbing insults during the conversation with the Julie, Pete, and Debbie. See more »
Would have been great... if it was an hour shorter!
I think I know my issue with Judd Apatow's movies.
They're always overdrawn. I think Apatow is a true Auteur, and has intelligent, stylish ways of telling a story.
Like almost all his flicks, this movie has laughs, heart and drama.... A LOT of drama.
Apatow should either write, or direct his movies, not both. I have a feeling if someone else took the directors chair/ producers chair, the movie would be significantly shorter.
I don't mind drama in movies, but when the extra hour of the movie is filled up with only drama, then I become irritated.
This is a movie you should rent/watch on Netflix. The writing and direction are both good, but you need to pace yourself, take breaks, come back later after getting some air, because 2.5 hours is to long for a movie like this.
This is all my opinion of course, so take it or leave it.
Regardless of anything, enjoy your night out at the movies, you earned it!
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